Summer Reading List

Heritage Christian School’s summer reading program is designed to enrich and broaden the reading of students and to reinforce the college preparatory curriculum of the English Department.  All students must participate in the program by reading the required books for their grade level.  During the first weeks of school, students are expected to participate in class discussions and projects, write in-depth essays based on books read during the summer, and be prepared for objective tests on the works.  Grades earned will be reflected on the report card.  Students may also choose to read additional books for extra credit.

6th Grade

  • Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh by Robert C. O’Brien
  • Gifted Hands by Ben Carson

7th Grade

  • The Pearl by John Steinbeck
  • Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis

8th Grade

  • The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare
  • The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

9th Grade

  • The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom, tells the story of Corrie and her sister Betsie who have been sent to a concentration camp for helping the Jews during World War II.
  • Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, is a coming of age story set in a future society threatened by alien invasion.

10th Grade

  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding, tells a tale of survival as a group of English schoolboys are wrecked on a deserted island and they must govern themselves.
  • A Separate Peace by John Knowles, is a tale of friendship, betrayal and redemption set in a 1940’s boarding school.

11th Grade

  • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, concerns the friendship between two migrant workers in the Depression Era in California.
  • The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane, follows a young Union recruit in the Civil War through his first battles as he seeks and finds the real meaning of courage.

12th Grade

  • Peace Like a River by Leif Enger, sends a family on a journey that challenges our ideas of justice, sacrifice, and miracle.
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, is an entertaining look at love and marriage in a very different era.

AP ENGLISH 11 (Language and Composition)

  • The Shallows by Nicholas Carr, examines issues raised by our uses of technology.
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, gives a glimpse of the “the lost generation” of 1920’s America.

AP ENGLISH 12 (Literature and Composition)

  • Peace Like a River by Leif Enger, sends a family on a journey that challenges our ideas of justice, sacrifice, and miracle.
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, is an entertaining look at love and marriage in a very different era.
  • Perelandra by C.S. Lewis, is a theological adventure story of a world in danger.

THE FOLLOWING NOVELS MAY BE READ FOR EXTRA CREDIT.

The test date and time for extra credit reading will be announced in class. Students may read all extra credit novels for their grade level unless otherwise indicated.

8th Grade (Students may read one novel only.)

  • Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes
  • The King’s Shadow by Elizabeth Adler
  • The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

9th Grade

  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • This Present Darkness by Frank Peretti

10th Grade

  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  • Watership Down by Richard Adams

11th Grade (Juniors may read one novel for extra credit.)

  • Night by Elie Wiesel
  • My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

AP LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION: (May read one novel for extra credit.)

  • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  • Billy Budd by Herman Melville

12th Grade – Regular and AP Lit: (Seniors may read up to three novels for extra credit.)

  • Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad
  • The Once and Future King by T.H. White
  • The Plague by Albert Camus
  • All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren
  • The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy
  • Perelandra by C.S. Lewis (non-AP)